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Charges possible in Penn State Abington gun scare

Authorities say charges are possible for three Penn State Abington students after an airsoft rifle sparked a lockdown on campus.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Authorities say charges are possible for three Penn State Abington students after an airsoft rifle sparked a lockdown on campus.

It all began around 3:30 p.m. Thursday after someone reported what appeared to be a man with a gun outside the school's library.

"We received a 911 call about a person with a rifle here at Penn State Abington," said Chief Bill Kelly, Abington Police.

Abington police sent a massive response team to the campus.

The campus, with about 1,200-1,300 students for the summer session, was on lockdown a few minutes later.

School officials sent out text messages telling everyone to shelter in place.

Police later learned that 21-year-old Hyoun Sik Noh, 21-year-old Sijia Liu, and 20-year-old Jin Eui Kim, who are all in the United States on student visas, were the men seen in the parking lot in front of the library.

Authorities say Noh ordered the airsoft rifle online and had it delivered to Lui's home.

The men decided to meet on campus with Kim in order to open the package together.

After testing out the airsoft rifle in a remote area of campus the men left.

Minutes later one of the men got word of the lockdown, realized that he caused a stir and called police to explain what happened.

"It did not appear that there attempt to go and hurt anybody or anything like that. We were told that they had just received it in the mail and that they wanted to show it to each other and that's why they got together there," said Chief Kelly.

The lockdown was lifted just after an hour after it was implemented and no one was injured.

"We've always been safe but we acted as quickly as we could to make sure of that and we so much appreciate the Abington Police quick response," said Chancellor Karen Sandler, Penn State Abington.

All three men were taken into custody. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has not yet decided if charges will be filed.
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